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Improving integrated pest management in horticulture


Dr Rosemary Collier is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Research Director of the Crop Centre at the University of Warwick, UK. A leading authority in integrated pest management (IPM) in horticulture, Professor Collier is Coordinator of the IPM Working Group in the European Vegetable Research Institutes Network (EUVRIN) and has coordinated a number of EU IPM research projects such as FlyIPM. Professor Collier has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Veitch Memorial Medal for her outstanding contribution to horticultural science.



Publication date:

15 February 2022

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786767530

Hardback - £150.00
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Pests and diseases remain a significant threat to crop yields worldwide. With concerns about the environmental impact of synthetic pesticides, there remains a need to develop more environmentally-friendly biological methods of control that can be combined synergistically within integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.

Improving integrated pest management (IPM) in horticulture provides a comprehensive review of the recent developments in integrated pest management (IPM) for horticultural crops. The collection builds on the wealth of research on insect and disease control in horticulture using IPM strategies, with dedicated parts to the alternative control methods, such as biological, technological and physical, as well as examples of practical implementation of these methods.

Key features

  • Reviews the latest research on the advances in IPM strategies for insect and disease control in horticultural crops 
  • Highlights the challenges of using alternative methods of control successfully in IPM programmes (e.g. biopesticides, bioprotectants, biostimulants) 
  • Provides examples of the practical implementation of IPM strategies to an array of horticultural crops (cucurbits, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower) in differing environments (greenhouses, protected cultivation)

What others are saying...

"This new book is both timely and important for the continued development, improvement and uptake of IPM for horticultural crop. An internationally recognised team of experts have provided updated information on biocontrol, use of biopesticides and biostimulants, improved application methods, pest and disease monitoring, decision support systems, use of conservation methods developed in agroecology, breeding pest and disease resistant crops, trap crops and push pull strategies. With increasing global pressure to produce sustainable food and to achieve pest suppression using ecologically sensitive methods, this book provides not only the latest research but also practical solutions for key vegetable pests, via relevant case studies. I recommend this book to students and practitioners of IPM in horticulture."
Emeritus Prof. Nick Birch, formerly James Hutton Institute, UK

Table of contents

Part 1 Biological control
1.Advances in biopesticides/bioprotectants for insect control in horticulture: Travis Glare, Lincoln University, New Zealand;
2.Advances in biopesticides/bioprotectants for plant disease control in horticulture: Philippe Nicot, INRAE, France;
3.Advances in biostimulants as an IPM tool in horticulture: Surendra K. Dara, University of California Cooperative Extension, USA;
4.Improving application systems for bioprotectants in IPM programmes in horticulture: Clare Butler Ellis, Silsoe Spray Applications, UK;

Part 2 Decision support
5.Advances in insect/disease pest monitoring and forecasting in horticulture: Irene Vänninen, Natural Resources Institute of Finland (LUKE), Finland;
6.Advances in proximal sensors to detect crop health status in horticultural crops: Catello Pane, CREA, Italy;
7.Advances in decision support systems (DSS) for IPM in horticultural crops: Mark Ramsden, ADAS, UK;

Part 3 Breeding, agronomic practices and physical control
8.The use of agronomic practices in IPM programmes in horticulture: Aude Alaphilippe, INRA, France;
9.Advances in conservation biological control in IPM for horticultural crops: Robbie Girling, University of Reading, UK;

Part 4 Implementation and case studies
10.Assessing the economics of IPM for horticultural crops: Philip Crain, Corteva Agriscience, USA;
11.Encouraging take up of IPM in horticultural crop production: Oscar Liburd, University of Florida, USA;
12.Practical application of IPM in greenhouses/protected cultivation: Bruno Gobin, PCS, Belgium;
13.Practical application of IPM in vegetable cultivation (e.g. cucurbits or tomatoes; examples of successful commercial applications of IPM programmes): Richard Binks, Koppert Biological Systems, UK;
14.Practical application of IPM in vegetable cultivation (e.g. control of cabbage root fly in cauliflower): Louis Lippens, PCG Kruishoutem, Belgium;